Secularism, Assimilation and the Crisis of Multiculturalism : French Modernist Legacies, Paperback / softback Book

Secularism, Assimilation and the Crisis of Multiculturalism : French Modernist Legacies Paperback / softback

Part of the IMISCOE Research series

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This remarkable study develops a theoretical critique of contemporary discourses on secularism and assimilation, arguing that the perspective of assimilating distinct religious minorities by incorporating them into a secular and supposedly neutral public sphere may be self-subverting.

To flesh out this insight, Jansen draws on the paradoxes of assimilation as experienced by the French Jews in the late 19th century through a contextualised reading of Proust's In Search of Lost Time.

She proposes a dynamic, critical multiculturalism as an alternative to discourses focusing on secularism, assimilation and integration.

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